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Back to the Future: Changes, Expectations, and Innovation

November 18, 2022
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
MPI Toronto Chapter

Date:               Friday, November 18, 2022

Time:              1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location:        Westin Harbour Castle
                        1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6

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As event organizers plan their next event season, returning to or re-imagining the future of events, MPI Toronto Chapter Professional Development session will discuss the burning questions; What’s changed about in-person events? What are their new expectations? What’s new with venues, AV, tech, activities, and event innovations?

We’re answering these questions and much more during our upcoming Professional Development conference, “Back to the Future: Changes, Expectations and Innovations”!

We will have a lineup of speakers discussing changes, expectations, and innovations in the events industry. What is still relevant, what are the expectations of our clients and what new innovative apps are available for the industry.

On November 18, 2022, at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto, MPI Toronto Chapter presents a Professional Development session, which will explore innovative ways to assist you with your future event planning as we walk through the changes, together.

Join us for this dynamic session to gain invaluable insights as into the changes, expectations, and innovations of the event industry. This event is not to be missed! Professional Development followed by evening reception from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Change management and developing business continuity and long-term viability of business events
  2. Attendees will learn the new innovations of A/V and technology of 2023
  3. Expecting the unexpected: Workshop soon to be introduced!


1:00 - 2:00 PM | Registration

2:00 - 2:15 PM | Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

2:15 - 2:45 PM | Opening Session

2:50 - 3:10 PM | Break

3:15 - 3:45 PM | Concurrent Breakout Session #1 & 2

3:45 - 4:00 PM | Break

4:00 - 4:30 PM | Concurrent Breakout Session #1 & 2

4:45 - 5:00 PM | Closing Keynote with reflections and closing remarks

5:00 - 7:00 PM l Just Networking

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Speakers & Facilitators: 

Event host of the day: Petar Josic, Managing Director, Spoken Artists

Opening Session (Panelists)

  • Moderator: Debbie van der Beek, President & Chief Visionary Officer, Ignite Magazine
  • Panelist 1: Natalie Lowe, CMM, CRL, Co-founder, The Sustainable Events Forum
  • Panelist 2: Mitch Malinski, Head of Sales & Strategic Partnerships, Pheedloop
  • Panelist 3: Tony Elenis, President and CEO, Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA)

Breakout #1 Speaker:
Melissa Delauriers

Breakout #2 Speaker:
Colleen Nolan, Anishinabek First Nation, HR Development Training & Community Engagement Specialist, Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO)

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available for this anticipated Professional Development event. Click here for the sponsorship opportunities package.

Registration Now Open!

If you are currently unemployed or need assistance with the registration fee, contact for details of an education bursary.


Registration Fees before November 11

Early bird: Member - $85, Non-member - $105, Students $45

Early bird: Member bring a Planner - $150; Non-member bring a Planner - $180

Registration Fees after November 11

Regular: Member - $115, Non-member - $135, Students $60

Regular: Member bring a Planner - $200, Non-member bring a Planner: $240

In-person Attendance Only

Please note: Registration for this event will close on November 14, 2022. For space availability after November 14th, contact the MPI Toronto office at or 905-567-9591.

Venue Details

Venue Name: The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

Address:  1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6

Link to Venue:  Downtown Toronto Hotel | The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto (

Parking Details

Discounted valet parking offered by Westin Harbour Castle Toronto:

$40 parking for supplier attendees & $25 parking for meeting planner attendees

This session is graciously sponsored by:

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Venue Details

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